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BGSQD presents: Notes – Past, Present and Time

October 8, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Writers Quenton Baker (Ballast), Anastacia-Renee (Side Notes From The Archivist) and Marcus Scott (Damn Near Might Still Be Is What It Is) share a night of onion peeling notes from the past, present and time as they use poetry and prose to be in conversation with moderator Naa Akua, each other and the audience.


Also live-streaming on the Bureau’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/@bgsqd

Registration is not required. Seating is first come, first served. Suggested donation to benefit the Bureau: $10. All are welcome to attend, with or without a donation.


Books by Quenton Baker (Ballast), Anastacia-Renee (Side Notes From The Archivist) and Marcus Scott (Damn Near Might Still Be Is What It Is) will be available for purchase at the event. To reserve a copy/copies please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Thank you for supporting the Bureau by purchasing books from us!


Quenton Baker is a poet, educator, and Cave Canem fellow. Their current focus is black interiority and the afterlife of slavery. Their work has appeared in The Offing, Jubilat, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus and elsewhere. They are a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and the recipient of the 2018 Arts Innovator Award from Artist Trust. They were a 2019 Robert Rauschenberg Artist in Residence and a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. They are the author of we pilot the blood (The 3rd Thing, 2021) and ballast (Haymarket Books, 2023).


Anastacia-Renee is an award-winning multi-genre writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist, playwright and Speaker. Renee’ is the author of Side Notes from the Archivist, (v.), and Forget It. Here in the (Middle) of Nowhere forthcoming from HarperCollins Amistad March 2024.



Marcus Scott Williams is a writer and artist whose other works includes Sparse Black Whimsy: A Memoir (2fast2house 2017). He loves and appreciates you.


Naa Akua, is a New York born poet, actor, educator, and sound-word practitioner who is Ghanaian/Bajan and queer. Akua uses the vibratory energy of sound and the intent of word as a vehicle towards healing.


Registration Required:
Youth Only:
Arts and Culture
October 8, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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Bureau of General Services Queer Division (BGSQD)
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Registration Required
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